How your land rates are calculated


Your Council land rates are calculated on the land valuation supplied by the NSW Valuer General’s Office. We receive updated land values every three years. 

Your rates are calculated by multiplying the value of your land by the 'rate in the dollar’, which is determined by the category of your land. Each property in the Byron Shire falls into one of the following categories. 

Category  Number of Properties Rate in the Dollar Minimum Rate Average Rate Total Income
 Residential 14,036 0.2039 969 1,480 20,761,648

 Residential - Flood Prone

 28  0.2039  485  501  14,015
 Business 1,116  0.3509 969  3,145  3,509,918
 Business Byron Bay CBD 357  0.4865  969  6,680  2,386,508
 Mining 0  0.3509 969  0  0
 Farmland 534  0.1871  969  2,634  1,402,069
 Farmland - Flood Prone 2  0.1871  485  485  970
 Totals  16,073  n/a  n/a  1,747 26,075,128

To calculate your rate you multiply the value of your land by the ‘rate in the dollar’ that applies to your rating category.

For example: If your residential property has a land value of $500,000 the calculation is $500,000 x 0.002039 = $1,019.50.
Note that regardless of the land valuation, a minimum rate of $969.00 per year is payable.

New updated land values

Your Council land rates are primarily determined by unimproved land valuations.

Updated land valuations with a base date of July 2019 will be used for rating purposes for financial years: 2020 to 2021; 2021 to 2022; and 2022 to 2023.

An increase in total land valuations from the Valuer General does not increase Council’s total permissible annual rates revenue, they simply redistribute the rate burden between individual properties based on that property’s change in comparison to others.

The two principles of rating/taxation are considered by Council in order to implement a fair and equitable rating structure;

  • Ability to pay principle – This principle assumes that there is a relationship between land values and the ability to pay rates.
  • The benefit principle – This is essentially a user pays principle and considers that all properties have access to Council provided services.

The average land valuation in the Byron Shire rose by 37.5 per cent between 2016 and 2019.

Generally, if your property’s land valuation increased by more than the shire average you will pay proportionally more rates than last year and if its land valuation was less than the shire average you may pay less. The overall permissible revenue increase will also affect the amount of rates you pay this year in comparison to the rates you paid last year.

More information about land valuations and their use by councils is available from the Property NSW website.

Where do your rates go?

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For every $100 spent Council invests:

  • $5 for natural environment, planning and development
  • $6 for parks, sports fields, beaches and bush
  • $2 for enforcement and environmental health
  • $1 for administration and governance
  • $11 for recycling and waste services
  • $7 for water operations
  • $1 for emergency services
  • $7 for maintaining roads, bridges, footpaths and drains
  • $4 for community services, libraries and childcare
  • $36 for major roadworks and construction
  • $10 for sewerage operations
  • $10 for buildings and pools

For a comprehensive overview of our rates and charges see our Revenue Policy including Fees and Charges